Award-winning distillers at The Spirit of Manchester Distillery have launched three premium vodkas using fresh, natural ingredients that have been peeled, ground and crushed by hand, then distilled under pressure to capture the cleanest, most vibrant flavours in every drop. 

Developed by The Spirit of Manchester Distillery master distiller, Seb Heeley and head distiller, Mat Duthie, the new premium vodkas have been achieved through innovative, small batch methods where every ingredient plays a key role in the flavour profile.

The distillers focused on capturing the very essence of each flavour: the bitter pithiness of grapefruit peel; the rich waft you get when you open a bag of coffee, immersing the senses from the initial aroma to the first sip.

Harnessing the Flavour of Grapefruit 

Each small batch contains the peel of 300 freshly peeled grapefruits. The peel is macerated in alcohol for three days and  then distilled at low temperatures, preserving the integrity of the fruit and creating a delicate balance of citrus sweetness with a drier, bitter pithiness. 

A vibrant juicy vodka that is perfectly paired with a light tonic, or as the star attraction in a Breakfast Martini or Grapefruit Cooler. 

The leftover fruit and juice of the grapefruits used in the vodka recipe is distributed to bars across Manchester, ensuring zero waste.

The Taste of Tonka  

Described by master distiller Seb Heeley as a grown-up Madagascan vanilla, Tonka Vodka is made using freshly ground tonka beans, the mouthfeel is smooth and vanilla-like, leading to a nutty almond flavour with notes of sour cherry. 

The unique and complex flavour of Tonka promises to raise the game for Pornstar and Espresso Martini lovers and create drinks that will excite and intrigue.  

The Mighty Coffee Bean 

Created using freshly ground coffee – equivalent to 400 cups per batch, to be precise – this vodka promises all the sensory pleasures of the perfect morning brew. The ground coffee is macerated in alcohol for 24 hours and distilled at 40 degrees, unlocking the earthy, rich coffee flavours. 

Store in the freezer to enjoy neat over ice, for an intense coffee hit, or as the perfect cocktail vodka in the timeless Espresso Martini. 

Little Italy – a vodka-based twist on the Manhattan: 

Tasting Note: The creamy marzipan, vanilla and the light floral flavours in our tonka vodka compliment the peppery Sazerac rye whiskey to create a unique take on the Manhattan. 

30ml Tonka Vodka 

30ml Sazerac 

25ml Cocchi di Torino 

2 dash Angostura bitters 

1 dash Orange bitters 

Garnish with a maraschino cherry 

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Fine strain into a nick and nora glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry. 

Grapefruit white lady

40ml Grapefruit Vodka

20ml Cointreau

10ml Bergamot Liqueur

20ml Lemon

20ml Foamer

Garnish with a lemon peel

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously with ice. Then shake without ice to ensure a nice velvety foam. Fine strain into a martini glass and garnish with lemon peel.

Tonka Espresso Martini

50ml Tonka Vodka

15ml Mr Blacks

30ml Espresso

10ml Gomme

Method: All all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Wet shake (with ice), then dry shake (without ice) and fine strain into a martini glass. Garnish with coffee beans. The wet/dry shake will give you a velvety foam to sit the coffee beans onto.

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 Prices start from £28.